Black People & Anime: Boondocks to Afro Samurai

Black People & Anime: Boondocks to Afro Samurai

Fri, Jul 12, 2019 6:00 PM – Fri, Jul 12, 2019 8:00 PM Black People & Anime: Boondocks to Afro Samurai

Where: 16 Park Community Center 16 Park Community Center 546 East 17th Street Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

This Afrofuture Friday, we will be exploring the instances of black people in animation good and bad through time. Looking at episodes from well know series and a few new ones coming down the line. The Boondocks, Afro Samurai and more.

We will discuss how anime has influenced black culture since its introduction to the US. We will also explore how black people in animation have been used as a narrative medium to examine many histories, issues, or speculate futures. We will debate, dissect and learn whether animation has any role to play on exploring the black experience in America and abroad and if yes, what other potential ways can it achieve that end.

Check out this short of an upcoming animated series directed by Black UK animator, Wesley Louis:
https://www.thelineanimation.com/work/the-mighty-grand-piton

If you want to learn more about the history of African American depictions in anime, check out this video analysis by Yedoye Travis:
https://youtu.be/6AEQJZ_BzJk

OUR HOSTS

Maurice Broaddus
A community organizer and teacher, his work has appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, Weird Tales, Apex Magazine, Asimov’s, Cemetery Dance, Black Static, and many more. Some of his stories have been collected in The Voices of Martyrs. He wrote the urban fantasy trilogy, The Knights of Breton Court. He co-authored the play Finding Home: Indiana at 200. His novellas includeBuffalo Soldier, I Can Transform You, Orgy of Souls, Bleed with Me, and Devil’s Marionette. He is the co-editor of Dark Faith, Dark Faith: Invocations, Streets of Shadows, and People of Colo(u)r Destroy Horror. Learn more about him at MauriceBroaddus.com.

Rasul Palmer
Rasul Palmer has been an integral part of the Kheprw Institute for over 10 years. He is a natural systems thinker and is always looking at the bigger picture. He has facilitated many community conversations and public forums at Kheprw Institute over the years including series on The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates and currently he is a co-facilitator for Afrofuture Fridays along with local Indy writer Maurice Broaddus.

This program has been made possible through a grant from Indiana Humanities in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities along with support from the Central Indiana Community Foundation.

Event tags: Rasul Palmer, Maurice Broaddus, Afrofuture Friday, discussion, The Boondocks, Afro Samurai and more

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July 12, 2019 6:00 PM
July 12, 2019 8:00 PM
America/Indianapolis
Fri, Jul 12, 2019 Black People & Anime: Boondocks to Afro Samurai

This Afrofuture Friday, we will be exploring the instances of black people in animation good and bad through time. Looking at episodes from well know series and a few new ones coming down the line. The Boondocks, Afro Samurai and more.

We will discuss how anime has influenced black culture since its introduction to the US. We will also explore how black people in animation have been used as a narrative medium to examine many histories, issues, or speculate futures. We will debate, dissect and learn whether animation has any role to play on exploring the black experience in America and abroad and if yes, what other potential ways can it achieve that end.

Check out this short of an upcoming animated series directed by Black UK animator, Wesley Louis:
https://www.thelineanimation.com/work/the-mighty-grand-piton

If you want to learn more about the history of African American depictions in anime, check out this video analysis by Yedoye Travis:
https://youtu.be/6AEQJZ_BzJk

OUR HOSTS

Maurice Broaddus
A community organizer and teacher, his work has appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, Weird Tales, Apex Magazine, Asimov’s, Cemetery Dance, Black Static, and many more. Some of his stories have been collected in The Voices of Martyrs. He wrote the urban fantasy trilogy, The Knights of Breton Court. He co-authored the play Finding Home: Indiana at 200. His novellas includeBuffalo Soldier, I Can Transform You, Orgy of Souls, Bleed with Me, and Devil’s Marionette. He is the co-editor of Dark Faith, Dark Faith: Invocations, Streets of Shadows, and People of Colo(u)r Destroy Horror. Learn more about him at MauriceBroaddus.com.

Rasul Palmer
Rasul Palmer has been an integral part of the Kheprw Institute for over 10 years. He is a natural systems thinker and is always looking at the bigger picture. He has facilitated many community conversations and public forums at Kheprw Institute over the years including series on The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates and currently he is a co-facilitator for Afrofuture Fridays along with local Indy writer Maurice Broaddus.

This program has been made possible through a grant from Indiana Humanities in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities along with support from the Central Indiana Community Foundation.


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